Join the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston at 7:00PM for a screening of the documentary film America Street. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Idrissou Mora-Kpai, Assistant Professor at Ithaca College's Roy H. Park School of Communication.
"On America Street in Charleston's East Side neighborhood, Joe is the owner of a small corner store, the heart of an old but slowly disappearing black community. Almost half of all African Americans trace their origins back to Charleston, a city that is still haunted by its slave-owning past. In the face of the multiple challenges that African Americans face, Joe is determined to stay hopeful and to resist losing his neighborhood to the rising forces of gentrification.
My film captures three months during 2015 of Joe's daily struggles set against the backdrop of racist violence in the city, from the killing of Walter Scott by a police officer to the Emanuel Church massacre by a young white supremacist.
I was inspired to make the film when I moved to South Carolina in 2013. I am a West African immigrant and I was, and still am, trying to navigate a country that feels, in many ways, increasingly unwelcoming towards black bodies.
Through the character of Joe, my film examines how African Americans feel marginalized in a once predominantly black city like Charleston and how white supremacy is becoming more pervasive and insidious in America."
- Idrissou Mora-Kpai
Find out more about Idrissou and "America Street" here: https://idrimora.com
Co-sponsored by departments and programs across the College of Charleston: African American Studies, African Studies, Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program, Department of Economics, First Year Experience, Geography Minor, Historic Preservation and Community Planning, Office of Institutional Diversity, Department of Political Science, Carter Real Estate Center, The Joseph P. Riley Jr. Center for Livable Communities, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and the Southern Studies Program.
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